TMKR is one of several projects in the Auckland region currently being delivered under the Department of Internal Affairs Community Development Scheme (CDS). The DIA funding has enabled TMKR to appoint two Community Development Workers to deliver the project’s intended outcomes. Auckland Communities Foundation provides the operational framework to host these positions.
TMKR is very much community-led. The project is governed by representatives from a collection of community-based organisations, including:
- Clendon Park Primary School
- Manurewa Marae
- Nga Kaitiaki o Te Whanau Awhina
- Manurewa Marlins
- Te Tai Tonga
- Rangatira Pou & Jadein Henare (Youth Representation)
The overall whainga (goal) of the project is:
“Working together to rebuild connection in our community and celebrate Clendon Park”
This reconnection and celebration process will empower our families, whanau/hapu to consider appropriate options and decision making processes that will lead to a thriving, well-led Clendon Park community.
It is critical to our vision that rangatahi/rangatira apopo/taiohi (youth) within the Manurewa and Clendon Park community have nga kowhiringa (opportunities) to identify who they are and where they want to be in the future; and to generate their own solutions.
In accordance with the above vision/ kaupapa, TMKR’s core objectives are:
- Families, whanau/hapu of our Clendon Park Community are well tuhonohonotanga (connected) and we celebrate our strengths, successes and cultures.
- Our Clendon Park Community, families, whanau/hapu are engaged and active in the decisions that affect them and have the infrastructure that enables them to effectively participate in leading a strong sustainable future.
- Rangatahi/Taiohi/Rangatira apopo (youth) have a voice within our community and are supported to develop their own solutions for positive development.
These objective can be translated into 6 core aims:
- Fostering youth identity, confidence and leadership and supporting talent and potential
- Building capacity for youth-directed and youth-led events and activities
- Engaging ‘at-risk’ youth – prevention not treatment
- Encouraging whanau involvement and inter-generational connectedness
- Supporting youth transitions – pathways through education and into jobs or training
- Connecting what is out there – enabling current projects to achieve more
The Te Manu Ka Rewa project is important to the operations of Auckland Communities Foundation. The project represents a real opportunity to connect with our community and collaborate with other organisations in the sector in order that we can see what best practice looks like to better inform our future giving.
Te Manu Ka Rewa News and Progress
Lessons from the field
In 2010, Auckland Communities Foundation was approached by a collective of five organisations who offered us a unique opportunity to umbrella a community development collaboration.
In exchange for holding funds and providing administration for the grass-roots collective, ACF had the opportunity to gain practical insight into collaboration and effective community-led change in a low-decile community.
The project, ‘Te Manu Ka Rewa’, has already achieved many successes, including:
- Creation of a new Marae-based tertiary education hub with 250 students
- Development of a social-enterprise cafe
- Emergence of a vibrant rangatahi youth leadership group
- Development of an innovative kaupapa-Maori youth health and development hub
August 2012 completes the second year of this three-year initiative, and provides an opportune moment to reflect on the key lessons we have learned so far about collaborative community development…
- ‘Do with, not to’ – having the right people involved who know their community is vital to be effective and sustainable
- Capture a shared vision – a real sense of shared relevance breeds reciprocity and strengthens purpose for good collaboration
- Keep the vision big – having a big vision as the anchor ensures a cumulative effect for the small ‘wins’
- Keep a focus on the community’s needs, not each organisation’s needs – this puts emphasis on success over process, which helps to maintain equality within the collaboration through an assurance that through success there will be mutual benefit
- Celebrate successes every week – to galvanise the community and raise aspirations (particularly important when engaging youth)
- Be flexible – we learnt quickly that flexibility is key, allowing the project to be outcomes-focused and receptive to opportunities
- Good evaluation is paramount – the impact of community development work can occur at a variety of levels – for individual families, for groups, within organisations and whole communities – strong evaluation based on learning (rather than simply monitoring) is vital to measure this impact
The challenge for Te Manu Ka Rewa going forward will be sustainability - ensuring that the community has the capacity to maintain and can scale-up its success. With this in mind, we enter year three of the project with an appetite for more learning!
For more information about TMKR, please contact ACF.
ph: 09 631 7203